The Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System or ATS, regulate International Relations with respect to Antarctica , Earth's only continent without a native human population. For the purposes of the treaty system, Antarctica is defined as all of the land and ice shelves south of 60˚S latitude. The treaty, entering into force in 1961 and currently having 50 signatory nations, sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military activity on that continent.. The Antarctic Treaty was the nuclear first arms control agreement..

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE

Click HERE, to dowload a pdf version of "CELEBRATING ANTARCTICA" The Antarctica Treaty in book form for young audiences, illustrated by school children from around the world!
It is presented in English, Chinese, French, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. ( coming soon in other languages )

 

Read the book by David W. H. Walton, "British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge"

This dramatically illustrated new book brings together an international group of leading Antarctic scientists to explain why the Antarctic is so central to understanding the history and potential fate of our planet. It introduces the beauty of the world's greatest wilderness, its remarkable attributes and the global importance of the international science done there.

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TAKE A MOMENT TO WATCH THIS RELEVANT MOVIE

Click here to watch a short movie on the
Antarctic Treaty Summit held in Washington DC from November 30th through December 3rd, 2009.